Saturday, August 11, 2018

Giving dimension to handcrafted cards by Betsy Skagen

It is SaturYAY! The perfect day for rebuilding my stash of handcrafted greeting cards. One way I make my cards stand out from those purchased at a store is by adding dimension with layers.
Gypsy Soul's embellishments are perfect for this because many are small and light enough to still fit in a regular mailing envelope.
I wanted to share with you the basics of how to make these handcrafted cards so you can create some of your own. 
Begin by giving all your embellishments a coat of gesso and let dry. 
Paint the embellishments with acrylic paint and dry with heat gun.
Next cover each embellishment with embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Use a heat gun to set the embossing powder. 

Cut 4.25 x 5.5 inch rectangles of background paper. I used a variety of gelli prints that I made in an earlier craft session.

Layer images, ephemera, rub-ons, message and the embellishments on the card. 
Finish your card by adhering your creation to a blank 4.25 x 5.5 card that you previously made or purchased. 

Great Stuff

7gypsies rub-ons
Acrylic paint
Blank cards
Decorative paper
Embossing powder
Clear embossing ink
Pre-printed messages
Assorted ephemera

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